Cut and Shape | Color | Clarity | Carat Weight

The associates at Dominion Jewelers can guide you through the process of choosing your diamond, showing you, in detail, what makes your stone special. We’ll then work with you to create a spectacular piece of jewelry that is as unique as the person wearing it.


Cut is the result of a craftsman’s skill in transforming a rough diamond into a breathtaking gem. A diamond has facets that allow light to enter it, become refracted, and exit in a rainbow of colors. Correct proportion does a more effective job of refracting light out the top of the stone to your eye.

Facets must be cut at exactly the right angles relative to one another; the top and bottom halves of the stone must have the proper depth relative to each other; the table, or flat surface on the top, must be the correct size, relative to the overall size of the stone. And, of course, the facets on the top (crown) and bottom (pavilion) must align correctly with each other. Here is a diagram showing a diamond’s basic proportions:

Another factor you’ll need to consider when choosing a diamond is its shape. Although shape and cut are sometimes used interchangeably, they are not the same. There are ten popular shapes into which diamonds are crafted:
Round, Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Marquise, Oval, Radiant, Pear, Heart, Cushion.

The most popular and commonly seen shape for diamonds is the round or brilliant cut.
It’s the classic shape that most people think of when they think of a diamond.
However, all shapes are capable of fantastic fire and brilliance.

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